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U.S. Should Take Lead In Eliminating Barriers To Post-Rape Care In Conflict, Crisis Situations

Washington Post: Dealing with wartime rape means helping survivors obtain health care and abortions
Serra Sippel, president of the Center for Health and Gender Equity

The recent Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict “was groundbreaking in some ways, [but] it missed the mark in a critical aspect of sexual violence in conflict. Neither [British Foreign Secretary William] Hague nor Secretary of State John F. Kerry — nor any leader at the summit — talked about the desperate need for post-rape care, including voluntary, safe abortions for those women who become pregnant from the assault. … With the summit behind us, it is time to focus attention on post-rape care in places of conflict and crisis. The United States should take the lead and eliminate barriers to care to ensure that these women and girls can fully recover…” (6/18).

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